Atmospheric, creepy and ultimately predictable, The Twisted Tree is like microwave mac and cheese--it does the trick just as you know it will, but it's not going to yield anything new.
Novels are written for one purpose or another. Whether that's to entertain, convey a political message, or reveal some truth about the human condition, stories say or do something. And I just can't figure out, even after reading the entire book, what Killer T is trying to say.
With unpretentious prose, witty dialogue and unpredictable plot twists all accompanied by a cracking sense of dry humour, I couldn't ask for more in crime or sci-fi.
Overall The Island is an exciting, fast-paced thriller with more than a touch of Stanford prison experiment. It toys with your emotions and hangs them out to dry.
With Bad, I thought I'd be getting a psychologically suspenseful retelling of The Talented Mr. Ripley in the vein of Genuine Fraud and Social Creature. Instead, it was more L.S. Hilton's Maestra trilogy.